Actors From New York

New York has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Michael K. Williams, Tom Cruise, Christopher Reeve, Caitlyn Jenner, Robert Downey Jr. and others.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer

Actor-producer, Tom Cruise, is an international superstar, heartthrob of millions and is a recipient of numerous awards. The Mission: Impossible star has been one of the most bankable and versatile Hollywood actors since 1980s. Interestingly, he once aspired to be a priest but is now amongst the highest paid actors in the world.

 2 Will Smith

Will Smith.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra

The charismatic, versatile and bankable American artist, Will Smith, tasted early success with rapping. A successful transition into films and television soon followed and made Smith a phenomenal success. With solid earnings, he has also frequently secured himself a place in the list of highest paid actors in world.

 3 Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr..
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Robert Downey, Jr is an American actor who is best known for his performances in the movie Chaplin as well a in the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes film series. The son of filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr, he entered the world of acting early, fought a successful battle with drug and alcohol addiction and proved his talent and versatility with his impressive body of work.

 4 Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo

Amongst the best actors of his generation, Robert De Niro is known for his exceptional method acting skills. His formidable acting talent has impressed audience and critics alike in movies like Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II and Meet the Parents. The talented actor has also been applauded for his directorial skills in A Bronx Tale and The Good Shepherd.

 5 Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington.
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Actor, director, and producer, Denzel Washington, is famous for portraying strong real-life characters like anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, and human rights activist, Malcolm X, in films. Well-built and ruggedly handsome, he became the first black star to be named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1996. 

 6 Al Pacino

Al Pacino.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus

Considered one of the greatest actors, Al Pacino gained wide acclaim and recognition for his portrayal of Michael Corleone in the movie, The Godfather in 1972. He’s been a part of many successful and iconic films and won an Oscar for playing a blind military veteran in the movie Scent of a Woman. Pacino has three children, but has never been married.

 7 Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Actor and director, Mel Gibson is famous for action films like Lethal weapon. His directorial venture, Braveheart, in which he acted too, won him the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. However, his alcoholism issues, drunken driving arrest and his anti-Jew statements landed him in trouble due to which he took a hiatus from Hollywood for a decade.

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 8 Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman played distinctive supporting and character roles and is considered to be one of the greatest actors of his time. Some of his notable films are Scent of a Woman, Twister, The Big Lebowski and Magnolia. His lead role in the film Capote won him an Oscar for the Best Actor. He died of combined drug intoxication.

 9 Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries

Christopher Walken is one of the highest-grossing American actors as his films have generated over $1 billion in the US alone. He has a unique distinction of appearing in over 100 films and TV programs. A man of many talents, Christopher Walken is also known for his comedic, singing, screenwriting, directing, and dancing skills.

 10 Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 5, 2020

The quintessential American action hero of the 1950s, Kirk Douglas remained one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood throughout the decade. Regarded as one of the greatest actors of classic Hollywood cinema, Kirk Douglas was a man of many talents. Also known as a writer and philanthropist, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.

 11 Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 14, 1957

Humphrey Bogart is considered one of the greatest Hollywood actors and a legend. His filmography includes classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, To Have and Have Not, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, In a Lonely Place and The Caine Mutiny. He won Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1951 film The African Queen

 12 Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel.
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Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
The internationally recognised action hero Vin Diesel is known for his work in The Fast and the Furious film series and The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. Before this the actor, who made his stage debut at the age of seven, was recognised for his work in Saving Private Ryan. Vin is also a director, producer, voice over artist and screenwriter.

 13 Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Adam Sandler, is best known for his comedic roles in Hollywood movies. Despite being a popular actor he also has the ignominious distinction of having appeared in numerous widely panned movies and is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards! He has released a few comedy albums as well.

 14 Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, is one of the highest-grossing actors in the United States. Beginning his career as a comedian on the TV show Saturday Night Live, he went on to become a bankable movie actor. Also a singer, he has released many studio albums. He has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 15 Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
The multiple award winning actor, composer, lyricist, singer and playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has transformed Broadway musicals like never before by combining classic musical theatre with modern musical forms like hip-hop and salsa. His creation Hamilton, a hip-hop musical on Alexander Hamilton, is one of the biggest musicals of all time.

 16 Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo

Born to veteran actor Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen began acting at an early age and later became a big star with movies like Platoon and Wall Street and television shows like Spin City and Two and a Half Men. The actor has also been in news for his alcoholism, drug abuse issues and violent behaviour towards women in his life.

 17 Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin.
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Famous As: Actor and Director
Birthdate: March 26, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Alan Arkin is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Little Miss Sunshine. Fans also loved him in the movies Argo, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He has also written several books and directed an Oscar-nominated short film.

 18 Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra

Best known for directing movies like the Iron Man, Chef, The Jungle Book and The Lion King, Jon Favreau began by performing at improvisational theatre and later made his acting debut with film Rudy. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and television shows but it is his work as a filmmaker that has brought him much fame.

 19 Dylan O’Brien

Dylan O’Brien.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Dylan O'Brien is best known as Stiles from Teen Wolf. Fans also loved him as Thomas in the Maze Runner trilogy and as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin. He has a huge fan base on the internet, primarily for his YouTube channel, where he uploads content regularly.

 20 Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

One of the most popular comedic actors of his generation, Ben Stiller is part of the famous group The Frat Pack – he has been described as the leader of the group, which involves names like Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Steve Carell. A popular and successful actor, his movies have grossed over $2.6 billion in the USA and Canada.

 21 Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn

The son of a popular actor, Jason Bateman was exposed to Hollywood at a young age and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He began acting as a teenager and matured as an actor over the years, taking up a variety of roles. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2013.

 22 David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio

David Schwimmer is best known for portraying the role of Ross Geller in the hugely popular and successful American television series, Friends, which ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. He has also worked in films like Kissing a Fool, Apt Pupil, Picking up the Pieces and The Iceman.

 23 Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American actor, Stanley Tucci, is known for a string of supporting roles that he’s played in many films since his debut in the 1985 film Prizzi's Honor. Some of his notable movies are Deconstructing Harry, Road to Perdition, The Terminal, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia and The Hunger Games film series.

 24 Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 20, 1994
Burt Lancaster, one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, began as an acrobat and also fought in World War II. He is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance in Elmer Gantry, and other films such as The Rainmaker, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City.

 25 Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 10, 2004

Christopher Reeve had a flying start to his acting career as he played the iconic Superman in four films. Unfortunately, he became a quadriplegic after suffering an accident at an equestrian competition. Despite the setback, he continued contributing to the film industry and also founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation as part of his charitable work.

 26 Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus

Emilio Estevez is known for acting in movies like The Mighty Ducks, The Breakfast Club and Repo Man as well as Bobby and The Public, the last two of which he also wrote and directed. One of the members of 1980s Brat Pack group of actors, he has also directed television shows like CSI: NY and appeared in music videos.

 27 DMX

DMX
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 28 David Harbour

David Harbour.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries

David Harbour is a successful actor popular for playing important roles in superhero films, such as Suicide Squad and Hellboy. Despite struggling with bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction in his 20s, David Harbour fought against all odds to become a well-established actor in the American film industry.

 29 Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 29, 1987
Lee Marvin is best remembered as the “tough guy” in movies such as The Killers and The Dirty Dozen, and series such as M Squad. Known for his signature gray hair, he won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and the Silver Bear for his work in Cat Ballou.

 30 Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Ralph Macchio is best known for his role in three Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai, a sequel television series. The Outsiders, Eight Is Enough, My Cousin Vinny, Crossroads, Ugly Betty and Hitchcock are some of his other notable films. He’s also been part of some TV projects and took part in the reality television show Dancing with the Stars.

 31 Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries

A member of the prominent Baldwin family, Alec Baldwin is an actor, comedian, and producer. Beginning his career in the 1980s, he has appeared in many TV shows, theater productions, and films. He also started hosting podcasts in the 2000s. A generous philanthropist, he has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

 32 Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

From working as a full-time firefighter to becoming one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, Steve Buscemi has quite an interesting story to narrate. His character from the satirical sitcom TV series, 30 Rock ,became an internet meme, making him famous all over the world. In addition to being an actor, he has also directed and produced many movies.

 33 Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra

Chevy Chase is often credited with the overall success of Saturday Night Live as he played a major role as the show's key cast member in the show's first season, thereby setting the pace for the show's eventual success. Apart from being an actor, he is also a popular comedian, producer, and screenwriter.

 34 Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Jesse Eisenberg amazed audiences with his Academy Award-nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. He began his stint on TV at 16, with Get Real. He has also been part of Rodger Dodger, Adventureland, and Now You See Me. He has written three plays and a short-story collection.
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 35 Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn

From being a child artist for various commercials to becoming one of the youngest actors to be nominated for the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor, Timothée Chalamet has achieved much during his short career till now. He shot to fame with the movies Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird; however, before these he also appeared in the TV series, Homeland, and  the movie, Interstellar.

 36 Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries

American actor Matthew Broderick has starred in more than 50 films since the 1980s and has also acted in several television shows and theater production. Some of his notable films are War Games, The Cable Guy, Godzilla, The Producers, Finding Amanda and Manchester by the Sea. He was involved in a car crash in 1987 in which two persons were killed.

 37 John Lithgow

John Lithgow.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra

A Harvard alumnus and a Fulbright scholar, John Lithgow began his career with Broadway and later also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Known for his Emmy-winning performances in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter, and The Crown, Lithgow is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.

 38 Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra

Danish-American actor, Viggo Mortensen, is best known for portraying the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of his other films are A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic and Green Book. He is also an author of various books on poetry, photography and painting.

 39 Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries

Ron Perlman went on to become a successful actor and voice actor despite suffering from low self-image during his formative years. Apart from being active as an actor, Ron Perlman is also actively involved in the political affairs of the United States. His criticisms directed towards President Donald Trump have inspired a series of internet memes.

 40 Christian Slater

Christian Slater.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

Christian Slater serves as an inspiration to many people who are trying to live sober. For someone who had difficulties with alcoholism and substance abuse, Christian Slater has come a long way as he now solely focuses on his career as an actor, producer, and voice actor. He also focuses on charity work.

 41 Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries

Adrien Brody is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman in The Pianist. He also invited controversy for kissing Halle Berry on stage. Fans loved him in the Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the series Peaky Blinders.

 42 James Cagney

James Cagney.
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 30, 1986

James Cagney was an American dancer and actor who won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1942 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1984, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was named in the American Film Institute's Greatest Male Stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema list.

 43 Vincent D Onofrio

Vincent D Onofrio.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer

Vincent D'Onofrio is an American actor, director, and producer. Apart from playing important roles in popular films, such as Men in Black and Jurassic World, Vincent D'Onofrio is also renowned for his work off-stage. He is credited with co-founding the RiverRun International Film Festival, which continues to showcase best movies offered from the international and independent industry.

 44 LL Cool J

LL Cool J.
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn

LL Cool J is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and record producer. Such is his popularity that LL Cool J was named on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time in 2010. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Over the years, Cool J has had a profound influence on hip-hop.

 45 Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor who started his career as a fashion model, working for brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. Murray overcame his tough childhood and went on to establish himself as an actor. Also a writer, he co-authored a romantic thriller novel with Heather Graham, which was inspired by a dream!

 46 Michael Landon

Michael Landon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 1, 1991

One of the most popular actors of his generation, Michael Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide on 22 occasions, the most for an actor and second only to Lucille Ball. Also a singer and director, Landon had a major impact on the film industry, so much so that a community building was named after him following his demise.

 47 David Duchovny

David Duchovny.
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Birthdate: August 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo

David Duchovny is best known for his Golden Globe-winning roles of FBI Agent Fox Mulder in the sci-fi series The X-Files and Hank Moody in Californication. He is an environment enthusiast and advocates for the use of electric cars. He has released music albums, written books, and recorded audiobooks.

 48 Kevin James

Kevin James.
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Birthdate: April 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

Kevin James’s performance as Doug in The King of Queens earned him an Emmy Award nomination. He was active in wrestling and football in school and is also known for delivering the 2007 Pepsi 400 NASCAR command. He has also voiced characters in films such as the Hotel Transylvania series.

 49 Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
An amateur boxer in his early days, Mickey Rourke later deviated to acting, mostly starring in action movies and thrillers. He went back to his former love, boxing, in 1991, only to retire in 1994. He then stunned his fans with his Academy Award-nominated role in The Wrestler.

 50 Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony.
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Birthdate: September 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo

Marc Anthony is a singer-songwriter, television producer, and actor. He is the top-selling salsa artist in history, for which he entered the Guinness Book of Records. Also a well-known philanthropist, Marc Anthony helped launch the Maestro Cares Foundation, which helps orphans and teenagers around the world.